Saints, New Orleans nearing new Superdome lease, renovation

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It’s hard to imagine the post-Katrina recovery process without the Saints in New Orleans, but at one point moving the franchise was a very real possibility.

If there was still any doubt about where the Black and Gold belong long term, well, there isn’t anymore.

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According to Jeff Duncan of the Times-Picayune, the Saints are closing in on a ten year extension with the state of Louisiana that would keep the team at the Superdome through 2035 with $450 million for the stadium as a part of the deal.

The current lease runs through 2025.

Among the renovation plans are a new visitors’ locker room, a new standing-room only section, additional suites, and expanded concourses.

The Superdome has been the host site to a record seven Super Bowls and is slated to host Super Bowl 58 in 2024. If approved those renovations would be completed before that game.

If a 6-1 home playoff record since Sean Payton and Drew Brees arrived in 2006 is any indication, the Saints dome field advantage is one of the best in the league.

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at jhaeger@wxxv25.com.

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